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Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE's role in advancing space exploration

For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back and a look forward to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  England, Anthony W.  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Sarabandi, Kamal  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Willingale, Louise  

Prof. Winick retires, leaving a legacy that empowers students to seek life and learning outside of the lab

For the past 31 years, Prof. Winick has helped define undergraduate courses and curriculum both at U-M and abroad while inspiring all to engineer their future by understanding the past. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Leith, Emmett  Network, Communication, and Information Systems  Optics and Photonics  Winick, Kim A.  

The National Academy of Engineering invites Prof. Johanna Mathieu to symposium to advance the engineering frontier

The symposium brings together 82 young engineers from different technical areas from around the country. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

First programmable memristor computer aims to bring AI processing down from the cloud

Professors Wei Lu, Zhengya Zhang, and Michael Flynn have developed the first programmable memristor computer, which could lead to the direct processing of artificial intelligence on small devices, including smartphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Flynn, Michael  LNF  Lu, Wei  Machine Learning  Memristor  Zhang, Zhengya  

Six teams of ECE researchers make the finals at AP-S/URSI 2019

Second Prize overall went to doctoral student Xiuzhang Cai for his radar target classification research applicable to autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Autonomous Vehicles  Communications  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  Wireless Systems  

Counting snowflakes for better water resource management

Mostafa Zaky has built an award-winning model that helps estimate the amount of water stored in snowpacks, which could improve climate change and flood forecasting, as well as overall water resource management. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Sustainability and Environment  

Univ. of Michigan: Hun-Seok Kim describes approach to low-cost, high-accuracy location solution

Prof. Hun-Seok Kim outlines the progress his team has made to develop an infrastructure-light location solution that is designed to leverage 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi signals to deliver location data that is accurate within 10 centimeters. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kim, Hun-Seok  

Harvard's Tiny, Solar-Powered Flying Robot

Prof. Shai Revzen shares his thoughts on the RoboBee X-Wing, a solar-powered micro-aerial vehicle from Harvard Microrobotics Lab. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Kirigami can spin terahertz rays in real time to peer into biological tissue

The rays used by airport scanners might have a future in medical imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Medical Imaging  Norris, Theodore B.  Sensing and Sensors  

Alfred Hero Receives 2020 IEEE Fourier Award

Hero's research in signal processing has explored theoretical foundations and applications including personalized health imaging and information networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Prof. Louise Willingale creates extreme plasma conditions using high-intensity laser pulses

Willingale's research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Power and Energy  Space technology  Willingale, Louise  

By Cannibalizing Nearby Stromal Stem Cells, Some Breast Cancer Cells Gain Invasion Advantage

Cancer biologists and engineers collaborated on a device that could help predict the likelihood of breast cancer metastasis. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Yoon, Euisik  

Stephen Forrest named Henry Russel Lecturer for 2020

Stephen R. Forrest has been selected as U-M's 2020 Henry Russel Lecturer, the university's highest honor for senior faculty members. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Proprietary chip design allows PsiKick, now Everactive, to power wireless sensors entirely from harvested energy, eliminate the need for batteries

PsiKick, the company pioneering wireless, batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems and co-founded by a U-M Prof. David Wentzloff, announced it has changed its name to Everactive and closed a $30 million funding round. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Internet of Things  Wentzloff, David  

Building community through clean energy with GRID Alternatives

From Long Beach, CA, to a Nepalese national park and world heritage site, undergrads Ashley Gee and Camille Burke came away with unforgettable experiences and a greater appreciation for how engineering can change the world for the better. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Energy Science and Engineering  Power and Energy  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability and Environment  

KLA opens new R&D office in Ann Arbor

The global capital equipment company is looking to harness the engineering talent at U-M and power a brighter future with tech. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

Computer vision: Finding the best teaching frame in a video for fake video fightback

The frame in which a human marks out the boundaries of an object makes a huge difference in how well AI software can identify that object through the rest of the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Machine Learning  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Advancing AI for video

Prof. Jason Corso's startup launches powerful video processing platform. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Corso, Jason  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Machine Learning  

David Blaauw named Kensall D. Wise Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Blaauws innovations in low-power computing led to development of the Michigan Micro Mote, the worlds smallest computer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Millimeter-scale Computing  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Wise, Kensall  

Two U-M students receive scholarships from the International Society for Optics and Photonics

Hanzhang Pei (ECE) and Darwin F. Cordovilla Leon (Applied Physics) were selected for their potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deotare, Parag  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Graduate Students  Steel, Duncan  

Huanting Huang improves accuracy of remote sensing

Huang won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics for her work developing better electromagnetic models that calculate microwave interactions with tree and vegetation cover. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  

Nooshin M. Estakhri receives the Helen Wu Award

Estakhri is a PhD student studying quantum optics and its potential to impact communication and biomedical imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  

Advancing AI for video: Startup launches powerful video processing platform

Voxel51, a University of Michigan startup co-founded by Prof. Jason Corso, today launched its flagship producta software platform designed to make it easier, faster and more affordable to access the untapped potential of video data. The software is aimed at companies that work with video but struggle to extract the information they need from it. While video is a rich form of data, it is difficult to analyze and search because of its complexity, large file sizes and lack of defined units like words. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Corso, Jason  Machine Learning  

Michigan takes first place at Exoskeleton Competition

The STARX suit helps first-responders bear greater weights and spend less energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Analog AI Accelerator Startup Raises $30m

AI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $30 million in a B1 funding round. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Mingxin Liu receives award for advancements in green chemistry

Dr. Mingxin Liu received a 2019 IUPAC-Zhejiang NHU International Award for Advancements in Green Chemistry from the Int. Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Liu is a visiting researcher working with Prof. Zetian Mi on photo-catalyzed material and energy conversion using semiconductors. [Full Story]

New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms

A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Sustainability and Environment  

Michigan Mars Rover Team has best ever finish at the annual University Rover Challenge

MRover placed 7th overall at the annual challenge where rovers use AI to navigate tough terrain while collecting soils samples to practice testing for evidence of life in the universe. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Afshari group receives Best Invited Paper award at the 2019 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference

Terahertz and sub-terahertz imaging can provide superior results in some biomedical imaging, spectroscopy, and water saturation detection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Electronic devices  

Organic Solar Cells Achieve the Highest Efficiency Rate

GineersNow profiles Prof. Stephen Forrest's research improving the efficiency and longevity of organic solar cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Samir Nooshabadi looks to close the terahertz gap for better communication

As an undergrad, Nooshabadi designed tiny transmitters with big potential and received fellowships from the Department of Defense and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Communications  Undergraduate Students  

Microscopic smart dust sensors are set to revolutionise a range of sectors

The New Economy interviews Prof. David Blaauw about millimetre-scale devices that could reinvent the Internet of Things and lead to breakthroughs in a variety of applications, including biomedical implants. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

Advancing microelectronics and systems for the security of the future

As an ECE Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Jeremy Muldavin (BSE EP; MSE PhD EE) spoke about a DoD initiative to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. in microelectronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cyber-physical systems  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Blue Clover Devices Brings Silicon Valley Innovation to Germany

Pete Staples (B.S. EE), the founder and President of Blue Clover Devices, gives first public demonstration of the Production Line Tool (PLT), a cloud native test automation device at the Automotive Testing Expo. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

A high-efficiency GaAs solar cell to power the Internet of Tiny Things

The Michigan Micro Mote gets a new gallium arsenide solar cell for added power and adaptability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Electronic devices  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sensing and Sensors  

In a lab at U-M, working on technology that helps the blind see and other brain-computer connections

The Lansing State Journal explores the history of U-M's contributions to the development of bionic implants going back to Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of ECE, and his team of researchers who engineered a series of neural probes capable of measuring and influencing activity in the brain at the cellular level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health and Safety  Wise, Kensall  

SLAM-ming good hardware for drone navigation

Researchers built the first visual SLAM processor on a single chip that provides highly accurate, low-power, and real-time results. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Electronic devices  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Jamie Phillips is honored by the college as a true team player

The College of Engineering has chosen Prof. Phillips as the recipient of this year's Staff-Faculty Partnership Award. The award is given to only one faculty member in the entire college. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Ann Stals, the Woman Behind the Curtain, is honored for her excellence in ECE

Ann Stals is one of four College of Engineering staff members honored with the Staff Excellence Award. She was selected for her exemplary work as the Alumni Engagement and Events Manager for ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  

Amateur radio continues to connect the world

U-M's amateur radio club, headquartered in ECE, offers engineering challenges and a chance to network with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and strangers both on the other side of the world and those orbiting it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  England, Anthony W.  Mortazawi, Amir  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2019

To honor the work and integral help of the top Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Aides (IAs) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the division held a special awards ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Glen Chou receives the NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems

PhD student Glen Chou is focused on ensuring that autonomous systems, including cars and robots, never threaten human safety. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Graduate Students  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Elizabeth Hou recognized for her research on detecting anomalies in traffic networks

PhD candidate Elizabeth Hou was awarded an honorable mention for her presentation at the Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences on her research that could help monitor nuclear nonproliferation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Hero, Alfred  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Inside the Robotics Lab

All About Ann Arbor features Prof. Jessy Grizzle and the Robotics lab in their new video about the work being done with Cassie and exoskeletons. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Blood biopsy: New technique enables detailed genetic analysis of cancer cells

Capturing cancer cells from blood samples offers a non-invasive way to observe whether the cancer is disappearing or whether it is becoming resistant to the treatment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Yoon, Euisik  

Tony Hsu explores the legacy of his grandfather, iconic Chinese poet Xu Zhimo

Tony Hsu (BSE EE 1968) looks back on how a single moment as a freshman at U-M inspired him to pursue a lifelong quest to understand the life and legacy of his famous grandfather. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Mehrdad Moharrami aims to advance our understanding of the world with better mathematical models

For his creative, ambitious, and impactful dissertation, PhD student Mehrdad Moharrami receives the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Subramanian, Vijay  

Biopsy alternative: Wearable device captures cancer cells from blood

New device caught more than three times as many cancer cells as conventional blood draw samples. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Wearable electronics  

All ECE News for 2019